These simple, sophisticated chamomile shortbread cookies are the perfect teatime treat. Made with chamomile leaves, these cookies are a memorable twist on traditional shortbread cookies that can help you relax and unwind. Even better, they’re easy to make (only 5 ingredients) and have a distinct, elegant flavor and aroma. These chamomile shortbread cookies are a must-try delicacy.
I love chamomile tea, love it. It’s distinct, soothing aroma always help me relax. And, it’s not just me, chamomile has proven health benefits. It’s a natural stress reliever and sleep agent that many people benefit from.
(Basically, chamomile is red wine without the calories, amazing!).
I use chamomile tea as a sleep agent every night. My evening routine is to dim the lights, curl up in bed with a book, and enjoy a glass. Honestly, it’s the highlight of my day. (Bookworms, I know you can relate).
So, with how much I love chamomile and the role it plays in my life, I decided to create a shortbread cookie with chamomile leaves. Now, my bedtime routine includes not just warm chamomile tea but these oh-so-soothing chamomile shortbread cookies.
Why I love this recipe…
I love these cookies because they have all the characteristics and benefits of chamomile. Their aroma and taste (just like chamomile tea) is very calming and peaceful. Plus, they aren’t overly sweet so they won’t spike your blood pressure. These cookies are all about winding down rather than winding up, and they do just that.
Second, I love their distinct, sophisticated flavor. The chamomile leaves give the cookies a luxurious and soothing taste as well as aroma. Plus, the cookies have a a slight fruity undertone because they’re made with orange extract. (If you’ve never baked with orange extract, you’re going to love it. It’s like vanilla extract but clear and fruity). Together the chamomile leaves and orange extract create an elegant flavor.
Finally, I love how easy these chamomile shortbread cookies are to make. They’re only 5 ingredients. Further, you don’t have to refrigerate the dough or roll it. When they’re done baking, simply sprinkle ’em with powdered sugar, and voila, you’ve got homemade, chamomile shortbread cookies ready to enjoy.
Let’s unwind, relax, and bake some chamomile shortbread cookies.
- 1 cup (2 sticks or 230g) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup (100g) white sugar
- 1/2 and 1/4 teaspoons orange extract
- 2 chamomile tea bags
- 2 cups (256g) all-purpose flour, sifted
- 1/3 cup (43g) confectioner’s sugar (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Spray baking sheets with cooking spray. Yields 2 dozen cookies.
- In a standing mixer using a paddle attachment or using a handheld mixer, cream together butter and sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy. Add orange extract and mix on medium-low. Cut open tea bags and pour contents inside. Mix on medium-low. Gradually add in flour on medium. Mix well.
- Form dough into heaping tablespoon size balls and place onto greased baking sheets, keeping dough balls roughly 2 inches apart. Use the back of a spoon to flatten each dough ball.
- Bake in preheated 350°F (177°C) oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Immediately sprinkle the tops with confectioner’s sugar using a sifter (optional). Let cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes before transferring to wire racks. Serve warm or at room temperature. (Best when fully cooled).